Fields of Fire Test | Final Test - Hard

James Webb
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many dead men does his friend tell Hodges about?

2. Why does Snake think the enemy won't kill them?

3. What is Senator thinking as he searches the tree line?

4. How long do Hodges' men have to wait in the field before the fighting begins?

5. What does Hodges plan to do when he meets Mitsuko's parents?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the results of the investigation into Snake's participation in the killing of the civilian's that Senator reported?

2. How does Snake keep his team motivated to move through the gunfire toward the cemetery to help Senator's team?

3. What does Goodrich see hanging from the helicopter that passes above him?

4. What effect does sitting in the rain have on Hodges' men?

5. What does Hodges see as he peers through the fog?

6. What does Goodrich say to the crowd of anti-war protesters when they ask him to speak?

7. What is Hodges' reply when his classmate asks him if they can still win the war?

8. What is in the letter that Bagger takes from a dead VC soldier?

9. How do Goodrich's parents welcome him back home?

10. What is Bagger's reaction to Senator's insulting song about Hodges?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Interpret examples of human weakness and heroism depicted in the novel.

2) Cite examples of how each is valid with regard to the fear and danger each character encounters.

3) How realistic is Webb in his descriptions of these human qualities?

Essay Topic 2

1) What role does racism play in the novel?

2) Explain the relevance of the Black Shack and the effect it has on both the white and black soldiers.

3) Describe the unrest that racism causes between white and black men fighting and relying upon one another in battle.

4) Specifically, analyze the moral dilemma that Cannonball faces because of racism during the war.

Essay Topic 3

1) Describe the attitudes of the people in America toward the soldiers fighting in the war and those who return from the war.

2) Use examples from the letters and comments of the men who return home for R&R or are discharged after serving in Vietnam.

3) How do the comments about the people back in the states affect the men's morale?

4) How do they feel emotionally when they hear the comments from home?

(see the answer keys)

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